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Twinkie vs. carrots

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Food policy influences dietary choices

Why is it cheaper to buy a Twinkie than to buy a carrot? How do food subsidies and agricultural policies affect the foods we eat? How is that tied to food-related diseases?

Why is it that a bunch of roots you can pull from the ground cost more than a package of Twinkies -- which have 40 ingredients? The reason is that the government is helping the Twinkie makers and not the carrot growers. Most of our food tax dollars are subsidizing the growers of specialty crops and whole foods.

Journalist Michael Pollan explains.